Exercise 101- Study Architecture in Finland, Natalia Saarela


Pursuing a path in higher education in Tampere, Finland (at the Tampere University of Technology) is arguably one way to upkeep happiness and maintain low stress-levels for the demanding lifestyle surrounding Architecture student's studio-culture. Finland is highly ranked in human development, world happiness and GDP per captia- all which indicate a potential for lower-stress during study. This "practice oriented program" also comes at a fee of €95- on top of no tuition cost.

For a Tampere-born girl and Finnish citizen, this option sounds pretty appealing. The only thing that is missing is a free spa treatment. Nevermind. Apparently student's living on campus have access to their own saunas.


A link to AD Architecture School Guide: Tampere University of Technology by Sherin Wing. This article was gathered from Archdaily.com. The article linked to saunas on campus was gathered from www.tut.fi, Tampere University of Technology's official website.

A link to the attached image can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/finnbiff/6973751115/sizes/l/in/photolist-bCfifc/

Comments (7)

  1. It is very interesting to build something from ice and snow because the students can learn creativity with excitement and joy.

  2. I totally agree! There was a reality tv show surrounding ice sculpture that let you see the process (creative and technical) and it made me want to give it a go.

    Not sure if they do ice sculpture at this university but I wouldn’t be surprised- considering how much of the year they spend in ice and snow.

    This picture is a little misleading. I was searching for a good picture of this university’s campus and it was the best I could find.

  3. Yeah a little misleading, I thought it might have something to do with using the ice to create some sort of structure or form. Wish it was a color photo. I wonder what the structure is on the right. Is that what you are trying to show? Looks like a parking structure. It matches the environment with its blandness and lack of contrast from the snow. I wonder if it’s as dark inside as it looks.

  4. The picture may be misleading but it is amazing! It has a great composition and the lens flare from the sunrise just adds to it. Glad it was in black and white, it would have lost some of that if it was in color.

  5. Great article, this is also good to know! Is the (no tuition cost) only for Finnish students? Also, is it taught in english or finnish?

  6. Interesting article and love the way it’s different from the others. Not everyday we can see something like this made from ice. Love the creativity.

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